The Great Powers and Eastern Europe
By John A. Lukacs
American Book, Regnery, 1953, 878 pp.
A stimulating and substantial survey of diplomatic relations in, and relating to, Eastern Europe between 1917 and the falling of the Iron Curtain after 1945. The author, who is of Hungarian birth and now teaches in the United States, is generally critical of the policies of the Western Powers, and, more pointedly, of the American position vis-à-vis the Soviet Union during the Second World War; but while some of his conclusions may be debated they are well argued and based on an extensive acquaintance with the sources.